Mowamba River facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMowamba River
|Other name(s)||Moonbah River|
|State||New South Wales|
|Region||Australian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains|
|Local government area||Snowy Monaro Regional Council|
|Main source||Snowy Mountains, Great Dividing Range
near Mount Terrible
1,360 m (4,460 ft)
|River mouth||confluence with the Snowy River
853 m (2,799 ft)
|Length||32 km (20 mi)|
|River system||Snowy River catchment|
|National park||Kosciuszko NP|
Course and features
The Mowamba River rises within The Snowy Mountains Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, contained within the Kosciuszko National Park, on the northeastern slopes of Mount Terrible. The river flows generally south then northeast by east, joined by two minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Snowy River approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Jindabyne, in the Jinadbyne Gorge. The river descends 507 metres (1,663 ft) over its 32 kilometres (20 mi) course.
Water from the Mowamba River is diverted to Jindabyne Dam via the Mowamba weir and aqueduct; that is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.
On 28 August 2002, the Mowamba Weir was "turned out" allowing environmental water to over top the weir. Environmental water releases occurred until January 2006. Since January 2006, environmental water releases to the Snowy River have occurred from Jindabyne Dam as the infrastructure upgrades to the dam wall had been completed.
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